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Definition of hold down phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


hold down

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    hold somebodydown

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  1. 1to prevent someone from moving, using force It took three men to hold him down.
  2. 2to prevent someone from having their freedom or rights The people are held down by a repressive regime.

    hold somethingdown

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  1. 1to keep something at a low level The rate of inflation must be held down.
  2. 2[no passive] to keep a job for some time He was unable to hold down a job after his breakdown.
  3. 3[no passive] (informal) to limit something, especially a noise Hold it down, will you? I'm trying to sleep!
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